CDC releases a per-act probability of acquiring... →
Is HIV Still A Death Sentence? Young People Weigh... →
pozliving: “Think of this like a snapshot — a few perspectives of HIV-negative 20-somethings. To start, we posted the following query on NPR’s Facebook page: ‘Thirty years ago, a positive HIV status was considered a death sentence. As treatments for the disease have advanced over the past three decades, we’re wondering how younger people view the disease today.’ Hundreds of people e-mailed...
FCAN BASUAH podcasts now on Soundcloud! →
Listen to our two podcasts “I Won’t Tell You” Parts 1 and 2, as HIV-affected and HIV-positive teens discuss talking about your HIV status with your partners, HIV stigma, and the importance of getting tested and knowing your status. To Know is To Know. Get tested today! Also featured are some musical tracks recommended by the teens and producers that they feel tie directly to the...
AIDS Foundation of Chicago Hails Supreme Court's... →
Taking the Test: What's Your Experience? →
Commentators on TheBody.com share their stories for National HIV/AIDS Testing Day.
Tomorrow is National HIV Testing Day →
usagov: National HIV Testing Day on June 27 is a reminder to get tested. Enter your ZIP code and find a testing site near you. Visit AIDS.gov to learn more about HIV/AIDS, including how to reduce your risk and available treatment options. Download or order a FREE print copy of the following publications on USA.gov: Women and HIV HIV and AIDS: Medicines to Help You
Stopping smoking is often quoted as the best thing... →
“There, I’ve said it. Stop reading, unfriend me. Call me a bore. But no matter, I’m joining the painfully thin ranks of those who say our community’s lack of action has to be addressed. Simply put, we need to put smoking cessation programs front and centre. Turning a blind eye on smoking is destroying prospects of healthy living. Let’s be big boys and girls....
Immediate Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces HIV... →
pozliving: “Starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) during the acute phase of HIV infection appears to reduce the number of latently infected resting CD4 T-cells in most people, but this may not be the case for individuals with very few initially infected cells, according to a study published in the May 29, 2012, advance online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” via...
PTSD Symptom Checklist →
honeynbees: If you believe you have PTSD from experiencing or hearing about a traumatic event this is a great checklist of some common symptoms. They recommend using it as a guide to talk to a therapist or medical provider.
Anonymous asked: I heard about a new STD called the Blue Waffle. What is it?
Anonymous asked: Why won't my parent tell me how they got HIV?
Anonymous asked: What does HIV stand for?
Anonymous asked: What is an oportunistic infection?
Anonymous asked: Why are people still getting HIV when there is so much information out there to prevent it?
Anonymous asked: Is it safe to have a baby if you have HIV?
Anonymous asked: What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
Anonymous asked: I know someone that has HIV but they do not take their medication. I don't understand why they won't just take the medication if it will help them live longer.
Meet The BASUAH Ambassadors!
FCAN’s BASUAH Project has received many questions since the beginning of the blog. BASUAH-certified Peer Ambassadors have gathered together to answer your questions! The reason they have become BASUAH ambassadors are shown below: 1. Kids need to be more educated from a young age: there is not enough education in elementary and middle schools, but kids are experimenting earlier and earlier...
Illinois General Assembly Guts HIV Funding, Enacts... →
In a devastating blow to statewide efforts to curb the AIDS epidemic, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a state budget yesterday that slashes funding for community-based HIV prevention, care and housing programs by 42%. FCAN is grateful to all affiliates who rallied against the cuts.
Come to the Ball this weekend: Chicago House meets... →
This Sunday night, the Chicago House is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Memories of a Mini Ball, an event that promises to be legendary in more ways than one. For the uninitiated, the “Ballroom community” is a historically a dynamic LBGT subculture in which people can compete for prizes and respect by “walking” or “vogueing.” The Mini Ball is also an opportunity for HIV prevention outreach. In...
Stories of HIV Advocates who traveled to... →
“If the choice is her medication or our housing, we will be homeless.” That was an actual quote from an HIV-negative man who was speaking on behalf of his HIV-positive wife last week in Springfield. He was one of a diverse group of advocates who comprised the Families’ and Children’s AIDS Network (FCAN) action team. The group’s mission was to speak with legislators,...
POZ: Medicaid Cuts Proposed to Once-a-Day HIV... →
pozmagazine: A proposed service cut to Medicaid may make it more difficult for people living with HIV to access once-a-day combination pills, according to a statement released by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). The AFC has warned that the budget recommendations will create barriers to care and…
Did you know? Birth rates among teens, lowest...
myplannedparenthood: Why could this be? Could it be to the incorporation of sex education? Could it be to the ease of access to contraceptives? We’re making our educated guesses - what are yours?
April Is STD Awareness Month! →
shafp: April is STD Awareness Month! This is a very exciting time for me. :) All month long, I’ll be sharing links to quality information on various sexually transmitted infections and methods for prevention. Stay tuned! From the CDC: Learn more about STDs, STD Awareness Month, and where you can find the nearest STD testing site in your area: CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases CDC...
April is Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month
wellesleysaafe: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This April, the 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign centers on promoting healthy sexuality...